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Jennifer Lawrence was “devastated” on failing to secure this iconic film role

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Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has spoken candidly about missing out on one role that “really killed” her. 

From the Hunger Games and Joy to Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence may have a back catalogue of successful films to her name, but like the rest of us, there’s still a career failure that haunts her.

While promoting her new film, Red Sparrow, Lawrence opened up to host Howard Stern about her most discouraging career moment to date.

“Emma Stone and I actually had this conversation once because we used to always audition for the same thing, which now seems silly because our careers are so different,” Lawrence said on Stern’s radio show this week.

“But the one thing that really killed me, like the only time I’ve ever been truly devastated by losing an audition – because most of the time you’re like, ‘Ah, wasn’t meant to be, move on, what can you do?’ – was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland,” she told Stern.

Of course, the role went to Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, who Lawrence says was “perfect and amazing” as Alice in the 2010 live-action remake.

Australian actress Mia Wasikowska played the part of Alice in Tim Burton’s 2010 remake Alice in Wonderland

Lawrence also revealed that Stone once got a role she was “dying for”, but didn’t divulge any further details. However, last year the American Hustle actress told The Hollywood Reporter that she had wanted Stone’s part in the film Easy A.

And Lawrence didn’t stop there. While admitting other career failures she’s endured, she mentioned auditioning for a part in Twilight which, of course, went to Kristen Stewart.

“I didn’t really know what it was,” she said, laughing. “When you audition when you’re like a run-of-the-mill actor – you know we’re all auditioning for all sorts of things – you just get like five pages and they’re like, ‘Act monkey.’ When it came out, I was like, ‘Hot damn! Whoa!’”

However, everything happens for a reason as Lawrence landed the part of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise not long after.

“I knew it was going to be a life-changer,” Lawrence told Stern. “I knew.”

As we all know, you got to roll with the (career) punches.

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